Anime Underground The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time  

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For this poll we're ranking the nerdiest anime characters of all time, but don't be surprised to see some entries that might be controversial. The words nerd or geek are kind of convoluted these days, but traditionally they describe someone who studies a lot, is intelligent, and maybe has some awkward tendencies. Some of the geeky anime characters on this list are nerdy because of their hobbies, like how Cowboy Bebop's Ed is a brilliant hacker that spends a lot of time online. Others like Light Yagami may be handsome or smooth with the ladies, but still get perfect grades in school and appear to be outwardly nerdy.

You can add any anime nerd characters to the list if they're not already here, so please contribute some of your favorites. Don't forget to check out the best anime characters with glasses too, where you'll probably see some of the same characters.
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1
734 183
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

2
531 129
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

3
406 126
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

4
461 152
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

5
505 238
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

6
398 146
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

7
398 165
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

8
333 159
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

9
411 160
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
290 128
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

11
328 157
Near is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

12
251 106
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

13
275 103
Ed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

14
271 125
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added

15
348 110
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

16
205 94
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

17
227 118
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added

18
200 128
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

19
210 115
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

20
244 126
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

21
172 102
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

22
223 90
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie, Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose

23
160 83
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Digimon Adventure

24
169 132
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

25
112 74
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

26
144 72
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Durarara!!

27
78 77
Houka Inumuta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Gea Loro added Kill la Kill

28
89 69
Sora is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
-1457839622895 added No Game No Life

29
72 27
Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya

30
92 81
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

31
143 119
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

32
87 95
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

33
54 26
Shizuku Mizutani is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6666 added Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

34
52 28
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
1516613443906 added Classic Literature Club

35
55 64
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negima!?

36
131 164
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

37
48 55
Shion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
MKS22 added No. 6

38
41 50
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jessica Lyn added

39
52 66
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Clannad

40
22 4
Winry Rockbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
karenb13835 added Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

41
81 79
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Fruits Basket

42
78 76
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yu Yu Hakusho

43
62 93
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added

44
28 16
Yuki Nagato is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Josiah Joestar Doran added The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

45
54 66
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Tokyo Mew Mew

46
93 118
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
mohammadakhlaq added Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Pokémon 4Ever

47
46 62
Shion Karanomori is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Psycho-Pass

48
22 58
Rika Shiguma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
llshadowknightll added Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

49
40 56
Kimihiro Watanuki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
xxxHOLiC, Xxxholic: The Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream

50
39 54
Tsukimi Kurashita is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Princess Jellyfish